PLAYER NEWS 2014
'Doctor' Murray Honoured By Home Town
by ATP Staff|
In an emotional day for Andy Murray, the Scot was awarded the freedom of Stirling and presented with an honorary degree by the University of Stirling.
The 26-year-old Murray, who became the first British male Wimbledon champion for 77 years last year, returned home to Scotland on Wednesday to receive the awards.
Murray became only the third freeman of Stirling in a ceremony at his former high school. The meeting was watched by school pupils and about 200 local residents, who took part in a ballot for tickets for the event. Murray grew up in Dunblane, three miles north of Stirling.
“I’m honoured and excited to receive the freedom of Stirling,” said Murray. “I’m also really looking forward to visiting my hometown and my old school. It will be great to share this special day with everyone, especially the local school children.
“Stirling prides itself on being the City for Sport and it would be great if young people felt inspired to pick up a tennis racquet – or any piece of sporting equipment – and pursue their dreams.”
Murray, who won his first Grand Slam championship at the 2012 US Open, the same year he won gold and silver medals at the London Olympics, became a Doctor of the University of Stirling in recognition of his services to tennis.
“I am honoured and very grateful to receive this award from the University of Stirling – an institution which is recognised internationally for its sports research and facilities.
“I trained on the courts at the Scottish national tennis centre at the University of Stirling when I was growing up and I remember playing against the students, which was great fun. I know there are many talented junior players practising there every day and I’d encourage them to keep working hard toward their goals.”
Also Wednesday, Murray visited his newly opened hotel, Cromlix House, and took part in a question and answer session with school children and a live online audience from Wallace High School in Stirling, presented by Sue Barker and streamed by the BBC.
Murray is due to return to action at the Mutua Madrid Open, beginning 4 May.